Treacherous Trek To School

Having to travel 3km daily in the burning sun, through jungles and mountains on treacherous terrains to get to school in another town?  Breaking your arm or leg on the way?  Sound like fun?  Sound like an adventure? Welcome to the reality for children from Thana Dalel Village, Tamia Block, Chhindwara District, Madhya Pradesh.    Call to Action: We need you to help to re-open the school in Dalel Village.  Put pressure on the: District Education Officer P.R. Kose, 07160242331 or 07160243253 NOW!     VV-PACS Correspondent Raju Parteti records the challenging situation faced by the children of this village who have to walk far in search of education because the school in their own village has been shut for 10 years!   The Right To Education Act 2010,has a provision for neighbourhood schools under which each child should have access to a school no further than 3 kilometres away.  However given the dangerous route, the school in Tamia is not a safe option for these children.   Kajal Kavreti one of the young students shows the purple-red bruises around her eye that she acquired on one of these walks to school. She isn’t the only one.  Countless children have been through the same thing. Ramkumar, a veteran of dealing with the road and injuries he has had on it,recounts:   “First time I broke my hand, second time I bruised my knee badly and had a hairline fracture…and third time I hurt my waist.”   Ramkumar and the parents inform Raju how they have tried to report the situation but nothing has been done about it. All these children want is an education and a school that is safe to get to.All of this is possible if the school in Dalelis reopened.   Today, you can help Rajuand the community achieve this.Help the school children ofThana Dalel Village, Madhya Pradesh get the opportunity for a safer and closer education NOW!    Watch more videos like this by clicking on this link. See videos from our campaign “Pass Ya Fail?” here More information on The Right for Education see this UNICEF website link.   About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.   Written by Manjinder Singh Sidhu  

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